Health Economics: An International Perspective

Health Economics: An International Perspective

Health Economics: An International Perspective

Health Economics: An International Perspective


Beginning with a look into simple models of supply and demand within health care, this key text moves on to techniques of cost-benefit analysis, and then compares differing health care systems around the world. Featuring an array of case studies based on systems from around the world, the book successfully bridges the divide between the insurance-based system employed in the United States, the publicly funded options more common in Europe and Canada, and the mixed arrangements characteristic of most developing countries.This informative textbook, essential for students on the ever-growing number of health economics courses internationally, will also be useful in other areas, such as public health studies, medicine and health science.


The authors have been teaching health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics for the past ten years. Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, from over one hundred countries, and have varied experience of planning and managing health systems. We have attempted to provide courses that meet the needs of people training for jobs in public health services in the United Kingdom and Europe, for students who are planners and managers in low- and middle-income countries, for health-promotion specialists and for those working on infectious disease control. Some students want only a basic introduction, and others aim to work as health economists. Some are mainly interested in applied work, and others focus on research.

Despite this extraordinary diversity, we hold the firm view that economics principles remain constant, and there is a great deal of overlap between the needs of the different groups. Students often ask for examples related to a setting in which they have experience and where they are likely to work. We try to accommodate this, but we also believe that people can gain additional understanding and insight from seeing economic principles applied in other settings. Understanding how services are provided in other settings can also help people to reconsider their expectations and prejudices about how things should be organised.

This book aims to provide an international perspective - that is the issues and principles are explored in diverse settings, and reflect where we have worked and our experience in different parts of the world. Examples are chosen because they illuminate the ideas, whatever the setting. It also aims to cover material at different levels and with different degrees of technical complexity. Readers have some choice about how to read the book, with some more formal presentation put in boxes. For some access to the ideas in the later chapters will require careful study of the introductory chapters, and those coming with a grounding in economic principles can move straight on to the higher-level material.

There is inevitable controversy about what should be the content of a book on health economics. In the US the focus of much of the material is on insurance, financing and issues related to paying providers of care. In Western Europe the early developments were mainly in economic evaluation, although recently the scope of work has widened considerably. There is increasing interest in looking at whole health systems, and how . . .

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